CM . . .
. Volume XIII Number 14 . . . . March 2, 2007
This new compilation of these formerly published tales has been revised to include the Okanagan language in which they were originally told and includes an editorial note from the publisher recognizing the care and respect in which the traditional stories have been put into print for the eyes of others. When the collection was originally reviewed in CM, October 1992, the reviewer did not seem to realize that, although these stories echo the mythology of other First Nations people, they are unique in their telling to the Okanagan people and should be revered for what they are rather than for what they are not.
The three stories demonstrate lessons on sharing and respect for individuals and the environment. The animal and plant people are given authorization to decide how food will be provided for the People-to-Be in the first tale while, in the second, Coyote's plans to be named chief of all the Animal People is derailed by the Great Spirit who has other plans for him. The final story, reminiscent of the Aesop fable of the rabbit and the hare, explains how turtle freed the Animal People from Eagle with the help of a dream.
Gail de Vos teaches at the School of Library and Information Studies for the University of Alberta and is the author of six books on storytelling and folklore.
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